Sony PS3 System Software Update 4.30 Wraps Up Folding@Home
October 22, 2012 9:29 AM
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Update will also make changes to the trophies section
Sony announced that it would tomorrow launch a new system software update (Version 4.30) for the PlayStation 3 that will include many changes to the Trophies section on the PS3.
One of the changes that gamers who own a PS3, and a PlayStation Vita portable console appreciate is that you now get the ability to view trophies earned playing Vita games on the PS3. Sony has also announced that the new system update will end all services available through the “Life with PlayStation” application.
Existing users who have the “Life with PlayStation” application will see their services ended in November. Along with terminating the “Life with PlayStation” application also comes an end to Sony's participation in Stanford University's Folding@home initiative. Folding@home was a project that allowed participants to donate unused processing time on the PS3 to the University project studying protein folding, misfolding, and certain other diseases such as cancer.
Folding@home came to the PS3 in 2007 and more than 15 million users choice participated in the program to date. There were just a
million PS3 users
Folding@home back in February of 2008.
Sony says the PS3 users donated more than 100 million computational hours to the project and greatly contributed to disease research.
Vijay Pande, lead researcher at Stanford University for Folding@home said, "The PS3 system was a game changer for Folding@home, as it opened the door for new methods and new processors, eventually also leading to the use of GPUs.”
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10/22/2012 1:59:59 PM
Huh? "supporting" what? Stanford University provided all the code. And Sony did not provide any technical support for the FaH application. So I really have no idea what kind of "supporting" you think Sony was doing here.
This Sony being their usually corporate bully self, forcing their idiotic choices onto consumers. Just like when they removed Linux boot support from the PS3 firmware. Or any of the asinine copy-protection schemes they've forced on people over the years (remember the root-kit?)
10/23/2012 10:55:50 AM
Yeah...this really sucks. Bad enough when Sony pulled the ability to install other OSes from it and (worse still) backwards compatibility. Now they even kick out Folding @ Home?!? Why? Does the new model have horrible thermals or something and they don't want people to find out? This really sucks...I really respected that Sony was involved with this!
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